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Star Citizen Free Fly Festival

Cloud Imperium Games announces another Free Fly event is underway between now and May 29th in Star Citizen, the crowdfunded space game. The game is free to download and play and dozens of military vehicles are free to fly for the duration in celebration of Invictus Launch Week 2954, which may be an Easter egg that a full launch is just 930 years off. This schedule is here to help with the process, and the FAQ is here as backup for any lingering questions. An Invictus Launch Week 2954 Trailer and an Ursa Medivac Trailer are a pair of new cinematics to help illustrate the following news:
Join together to participate in Star Citizen’s Invictus Launch Week 2954, the annual celebration of the United Empire of Earth’s Navy and armed forces and those working hard to support them. The top aerospace and defense manufacturers in the ‘verse return to Area18 on ArcCorp to showcase their latest vehicles and equipment to prospective buyers and curious onlookers. Visit the show floor where a rotating selection of manufacturers changes every other day to offer something new for regular visitors, with exciting reveals already announced on the first day. Industrial-focused Argo Astronautics have revealed their MPUV TRACTOR loader ship for solo pilots, an accessible and flexible cargo transport designed to make large-scale hauling operations seamless and efficient; and venerable shipbuilder RSI have lifted the lid on their Ursa Medivac, a six-wheeled light support rover that’s more than just a rugged and reliable vehicle, it’s a mobile medical unit. Additional reveals will be made throughout the event, and while players wait they can look out for new features this year including planetary fly-bys from a corvette-class RSI Polaris flagship or visit the traveling Idris-M frigate and explore its decks themselves.
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Redfall Getting Offline Mode in Final Update

A twXt from Redfall has more on the endgame for Redfall following the end of development on the vampire-infested first-person shooter and the closure of its developer Arkane Austin. Now word is the game (which is still a bust-out retail $69.99 on Steam) will get one last update adding offline mode and a few more features:
Thank you for all your supportive messages.

We are working to release our final update, Game Update 4, that brings revamped Neighborhood and Nest systems, Single Player Pausing, Offline Mode, and more.

We’ll provide additional details soon. Thank you all.

Close Combat 1-5 Rereleased

Retro publisher SNEG now offers five original Close Combat games on Steam, all updated to run on modern systems. This 20th Century strategy series from Atomic Games thrust players into the middle of World War II, where your strategic choices will mean the difference between victory and defeat. It should be noted the original versions of these games are still available on GOG.com.* Each game's description also includes a new trailer:

  • Close Combat – defeat the enemy in this classic, nonstop World War II battle action. Lead your men through the terror, fatigue, and hell of war to victory. Only you can bring them back alive! For the first time in history, Close Combat is available digitally as a standalone, fully functional game. [TRAILER]
  • Close Combat 2: A Bridge Too Far – take control of five strategic bridges in the most dramatic battle of World War II. From war-room strategy to gritty trench combat, battlefields come to life as you command Allied or Axis powers. It's a fight where every second counts. [TRAILER]
  • Close Combat 3: The Russian Front – command a fire brigade of soldiers on the Russian Front in this real-time strategy game set in World War II. Play as either the Soviets or Germans, orchestrating squad attacks, defenses, and survival over four grueling years of the grandest and bloodiest war the world has ever seen. [TRAILER]
  • Close Combat 4: The Battle of the Bulge – sneak attacks, stalwart defenders, spies, and saboteurs are among the exciting surprises lurking on both sides of the battle. Whether you command American or German troops, you decide when and where they will be deployed. Launch air attacks against the enemy, but keep your eyes on the skies; random weather patterns can wreak havoc on your offensives from above. [TRAILER]
  • Close Combat 5: Invasion: Normandy - Utah Beach to Cherbourg – WWII realism is brought back to the beaches of Northern France. Relive the campaign that gave the Allies a foothold on the doorstep of Fortress Europe. From Utah Beach to Cherbourg, Invasion: Normandy gives you strategic and tactical control of Allied or Axis forces in the pivotal battles that determined the fate of Europe. [TRAILER]

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Warlords 1-3 Rereleased

SNEG also has the fantasy genre covered today, releasing the first three games in the Warlords series, which offer strategic role-playing in a fantasy world. Once again these come to Steam updated for modern systems, and likewise are still available without the updates on GOG.com split into the same two parts: Warlords I + II* and Warlords III.* Here's a rundown on the games:

  • Warlords I + II – compilation of two great award-winning games. Both bring different worlds to conquer, mighty armies to fight, and enemies to vanquish. Brave heroes, quests, diplomacy and magic are all employed to overwhelm your rivals and dominate the world! [TRAILER]
    Warlords III: Darklords Rising – Enter a rich fantasy world of medieval warfare teeming with rage, revenge and bravery. This epic game of strategy and conquest now delivers a vastly larger world and deeper strategic gameplay that expands beyond the scope and depth of the original Warlords III: Reign of Heroes. Five epic campaigns and massive strategic battles serve as proving grounds that challenge the mettle of even the greatest Heroes and Warlords. [TRAILER]

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Seablip Early Access

Seablip is now in Early Access on Steam, offering an open-world seafaring adventure for Windows, macOS, and Linux. The Early Access Launch Trailer shows off a little FTL, a little Terraria, and a lot of pirates. Here's more on the game, which sports a 10% launch discount for the next week:
Drawing inspiration from titles such as Faster Than Light and Sid Meier’s Pirates!, Seablip offers the freedom to explore, build and even fish as you sail the high seas and defeat enemies! Upgrade your ship with extra cannons and inventory space, hire a new crew to aid you in your adventures and gather resources from a range of sources - chopping trees, mining minerals and watering crops as you make use of the tools at your disposal. Engage in a plethora of minigames and activities as you progress, building bases and making use of your trusty fishing rod. Find gold from treasure or earn it by selling your wares, or even take bounties found around the world and enhance your pirate reputation as you get paid.
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Morbid: The Lords of Ire Released

Morbid: The Lords of Ire is now available for Windows on Steam and for consoles (it's also listed as "coming soon" on the Epic Games Store). This action/adventure follow-up to Morbid: The Seven Acolytes features both hacking and slashing, as seen in the Launch Trailer. If you want a sample, last year's playable demo is still available on Steam. Here's more:
Building on the sanity system from Morbid: The Seven Acolytes, your choices will send you down a path of Enlightenment or Insanity.

To reach Enlightenment will grant incredible resilience to your Stamina, while fortifying the Impact of your attacks to stop enemies in their tracks and usher in a mighty Critical Blow. You also accumulate more experience while Enlightened. Descend into the depths of madness and Insanity will fill you with an unrelenting power, dealing more health damage than ever before. But be warned, you’ll also take more damage as you frenzy against the hideous creatures in the lands of Ire.

Aarik And The Ruined Kingdom Demo

Steam features a playable demo for Aarik And The Ruined Kingdom, giving Windows and macOS gamers a sample of this upcoming relaxing puzzle adventure. Here's an Official Release Trailer with a look at the game, which is due next month. Here are some details:
Aarik And The Ruined Kingdom is a relaxing puzzle game contained within an epic adventure. Travel through castles, forests, deserts, swamps and tundra. Explore a myriad of unique levels (filled with devious puzzles) in search of your mother in a quest to pull your family back together.
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My Little Pony: A Zephyr Heights Mystery Released

My Little Pony: A Zephyr Heights Mystery is now available for Windows on Steam, missing out on the brony bandwagon by a mere decade or so. Grab your insulin before firing up the cloying Launch Trailer and read on for more:
Plenty of replayable mini-games await, including rhythm-based musical mini-game 'Pipp Pipp Dance Parade', and a race to the finish line in 'Zipp's Flight Academy'. With five mini-games to experience throughout Zephyr Heights, like 'Hitch is on the Trail' and 'Sunny's Smoothie Delivery', there are endless ways to have fun solo or with two-players.
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Out of the Blue

Indiana judge rules that tacos, burritos are “Mexican-style sandwiches.” (thanks Neutronbeam) has the latest on a debate so important it landed in the courts. And people do get surprisingly worked up about this question of categorization. I tend to agree with the generally unimportant central point that most "sandwiched" foods are sandwiches, including tacos. I'm not a lawyer, but I do think it's interesting that this was the focus of a decision based on a zoning policy that "prohibits fast food, but allows exceptions for restaurants whose primary business is to sell 'made-to-order' or Subway-style sandwiches." Now I've stipulated that tacos are sandwiches, but it sounds like the court has lost the thread. You don't have to stretch the definition of a sandwich nearly as far for hamburgers to qualify, so it sounds like this opens Pandora's box for the fast food places the regulation specially prohibits.

Sandwiched Round-up
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

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